An organisation that aims to support over 300 people with severe mental health problems enter the workplace across multiple London boroughs has received investment through an outcomes-based contract from Big Issue Invest’s (BII) Outcomes Investment Fund.
BII, the social investment arm of The Big Issue, made the £227,000 investment into the Mental Health and Employment Partnership (“MHEP”) last month.
The £227,000 that has been committed by BII will support people, in the London boroughs of Haringey and Barnet, who without intensive support are statistically unlikely to enter the job market. The delivery provider, Twining Enterprise has over 20 years’ experience in providing employment support, advice and guidance to people with mental health issues.
The £670k contract is expected to help over 300 people with mental health issues secure employment over the next two years, using the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model. IPS combines intensive support for the individual with an up-front job search leading to paid employment and in-work support from an Employment Specialist.
Based on 20 years of research, the IPS employment model is internationally recognised as the most effective way to support people with mental health problems and/or addictions to gain and keep paid employment. NHS England aim to double the access to IPS services by 2020/21 in recognition of the benefit these services can provide. It is expected that MHEP will support the engagement of over 1,000 individuals in the next year.
BII has invested separately into MHEP on two previous occasions, into the mental health intervention and into addictions recovery (via the West London Alliance).